An appellate court upheld a ruling by Judge Thomas M. Goethals (left) that barred District Attorney Tony Rackauckas (right) from prosecuting death penalty phase of Scott Evans Dekraai mass murder case.  (Pool photos)

Appellate Court: OK for DA to Disqualify Goethals

The 4th District Court of Appeal upheld the right of the DA’s office to disqualify the Superior Court judge presiding over the jailhouse snitch case from other murder cases, but described prosecutors’ actions as an “extraordinary abuse” of the procedure.